If you live in Boston, you’re probably familiar with using the ‘T’, water rails, electric scooters, and commuter taxis to get around. To ease the stress of your commute, signing up with a reliable carshare service is an excellent idea. Owning a car in a big city like Boston can go from being a convenience to a huge expense in a heartbeat. Getting around efficiently is important. Carshares combines the convenience of owning a car with absolving you of the inconveniences like insurance and refueling. These carshare companies have locations all through the city so you are always walking distance away from many options.

 

Maven

Maven established its presence in Boston in May 2016. They provide a seamless technology loaded alternative to traditional car rentals. With Maven it has never been easier to run errands around the city, or swing by the airport to pick up friends and family. Stations are conveniently located throughout Boston, so you can reserve, pick up, and drop off when you need to.Blueground offers fully-furnished, equipped and serviced apartments in some of the world's most sought after cities.If Maven is your main mode of transport and having a station nearby is important to you, then you should check out Blueground. You can be sure that there is a station just around the corner. They rent out apartments conveniently located in the most desirable neighborhoods that the city has to offer. With their simple and flexible booking process, you’ll be all set up in a tastefully furnished apartment in no time.

How it works

Use the app to find your next car, starting as low as $8 per hour. Your phone is the key, just unlock and start the car you reserved from the app and get riding. At the end of your trip, park your car at the same station you picked it up from, then hit ‘End Trip’ in the app.

Special features:

  • No annual or application fees, so no commitments
  • Book trips by the hour
  • The cars are loaded with tech elements like 4g LTE WiFi and they all have premium features like leather seats

 

Turo

Turo is made up of a safe, supportive community of over 10 million people with more than 350,000 vehicles listed and over 850 unique makes and models. With Turo, you get to choose from thousands of cars in over 5,500 cities and more than 300 airports across the U.S., Canada, Germany, and the UK. If you have a car of your own, you have the option of listing it to make some money on the side. When you list your car, you are covered with up to $1 million in liability insurance, and your car is contractually protected against theft and physical damage. Their ‘Carculator’ feature lets you know exactly how much your car will earn for you before you sign up.

carshare boston many cars in a parking lot

How it works

As a rider, all you need to do is sign up, find the perfect car, book it and meet the car owner to pick up your car. When you are done, replace the amount of gas you used and meet back up with the owner to drop off the car. As a car owner, you list your car and get notified when someone requests it. Confirm or decline the trip and coordinate with the rider for when and how the pickup should occur.

Special features:

  • You can cancel for free up to 24 hours before your trip starts
  • Choose between picking up the car or having it delivered
  • 24/7 customer support and roadside assistance
  • Up to $1 million in liability insurance coverage

 

Getaround

Getaround rolled into Boston in 2017 and in the past 2 years they’ve quickly become a premium carsharing service. There are currently over a thousand members just in Boston alone. Riders can find, book, and unlock over 40 cars shared by local residents, all from their phones. With Getaround, you can move around Boston with cars in your neighborhood, or share your car when you’re not using it, and earn money with every trip.

How it works

Sign up and search for a car using the app. You can rent cars, trucks, convertibles, and vans near you for the hour, or for the day. Their Getaround Connect technology helps you locate and unlock the car with your phone.

Special features:

  • Rent a wide variety of cars ranging from a Tesla to a truck
  • No subscription or monthly membership fees
  • 24/7 customer support and roadside assistance

 

Zipcar

Zipcar is currently one of the most popular car-sharing services in the country. What many people don’t know is that they began in Boston. As one of the world’s leading car-sharing networks, they offer on-demand access to drive cars by the hour or the day in cities, airports, and campuses around the globe.

carshare boston a car driving in front of a landmark

How it works

To get started, apply online and wait to be approved. All you need is to be 21 or older (18 if you are a student) and to have a valid driver’s license. Select a membership plan that fits you best from as low as $7 per month. When you are approved a Zipcard is sent to your mail. Use the app to find the car nearest to you and then unlock it by tapping your Zipcard to the card reader on the windshield. When you are done, park it back in its dedicated parking spot, and lock it up with your card.

Special features:

  • Estimate trip costs before you start your ride
  • Covers gas, insurance, parking, and maintenance costs
  • No waiting in line
  • Free trial for the first 30 days

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